Alpine Quest Adventure race tests the toughest
Falls Creek Alpine Resort hosted the inaugural Alpine Quest Adventure Race over the Australia Day long weekend. Teams of four mountain biked, kayaked and trekked over a 150km course non-stop for up to 36 hrs. The weather tested even the toughest of competitors as they endured extreme heat, and then an overnight change brought driving rain and wintery conditions.
Start of the Prologue had teams race off the start line
Photos - Paul @ Adventure Junkie
The race has attracted 29 teams with competitors arriving from across Australia as well as some international destinations. The race format was two stages. A prologue event was held in the Falls Creek village on Friday 25 January, followed by a linear course starting early the following day in which teams had 36 hours to reach the finish line.
Kayaking of Rocky Valley Lake in the Prologue
Victorians Jarad Kohlar, Elizabeth Dornom, Angus Rodwell and Queenslander Dave Schloss finished the prologue stage in 4h 29 minutes in front of Wild Earth Tiger Adventure.
The epic 140+ km course had competitors start their journey at 8am on Saturday 26 January from the historic Hinnomunjie Bridge on the Mitta Mitta River and climb up to Mt Wills by bike before trekking over the Bogong High Plains and into Bogong Village before a final mountain bike into Falls Creek Resort with over 5200m of elevation gain.
During the hiking leg teams confronted sections of off-road hiking through abandoned walking tracks, along river beds and rough 4wd trails. The sunset was a welcome sight for all teams remaining on course with the temperature becoming more bearable, however the weather dramatically changed through the night and the heat was replaced with unrelenting rain, wind penetrating down to river canyons and requiring teams to make use of their mandatory equipment.
At 9:29am Sunday morning Alpine Avengers crossed the finish line happy to have made it after over 25 hours of punishment. “It was a very challenging course, which we have learnt to expect from Adventure Junkie. The course had a bit of everything, but I really enjoyed the journey of the trek” said Dave Schloss.
The Alpine Quest Adventure Race had teams exploring the region
Thunderbolt cruised in at midday, very pleased to get second place in such a tough race.
In the 50km Explore course, the all-female team, the Atomic Blondes put in a stellar performance in their first adventure race and crossed the finish line at Mt Wills in first position.
Overall winners, team Alpine Avengers
Nothing is as satisfying as reaching the finish line together after completing a challenge like the Alpine Quest Adventure Race. Smiles, tears and stories from the teams are testament that this race will be talked about for several years.
For more information visit and to follow the race visit www.alpinequest.com.au
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